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French Food Friday...Pots de Crème with Chocolate, Chile and Espresso

photo and recipe from here
This week's recipe is inspired by one of my favourite films Chocolat which I never get sick of watching as everytime that I watch it I notice a detail that I missed last time round.

Pots de Crème with Chocolate, Chile and Espresso ACTIVE: 30 MIN TOTAL TIME: 2 HRS PLUS 3 HR CHILLING SERVINGS: 6

2 1/4 cups light cream or half-and-half
2 dried ancho chiles—stemmed, seeded and coarsely chopped
4 1/2 ounces/ 135 grams bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
2 tablespoons sugar
Pinch of salt
6 large egg yolks
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
Boiling water
Lightly sweetened whipped cream and dulce de leche, for serving

Preheat the oven to 325°. In a small saucepan, bring the cream to a simmer. Add the chiles, cover and set aside to steep for 45 minutes. Strain the cream into a bowl and discard the chiles. In a medium saucepan, combine the chocolate and 1/2 cup of the strained cream and cook over low heat…


photo from here
Bonjour mes belles,
I am not sure what has happened to the sunshine, it has disappeared  and it has turned cold here hence I am in the mood to stay in doors and work on some projects.
One involves painting and is drying at present so hope to show you the finished product tomorrow.
The other is inspired by the above photo which I adore. As you know I am a great fan of using moss around plants and in vases but I like the idea of using dry roses as they make a lovely contrast against the greeness of the moss.
All I need now is some roses.....
à très bientot, Leeann x

Fabulous Dior...

all photos from here

What can be more fabulous or French than Dior?

I just had to share these images of the Dior Ready-to-Wear Fall 2013 collection in Opéra Garnier, Paris, with you.

More on DIORMAG: Ready-to-Wear Fall 2013This last photo is my favourite as I LOVE that staircase!  amicalement, Leeann x

arrived today....

Look at what has arrived today.....

I am afraid that my photos do not do her justice and the charger for my camera is on the blink so I have had to borrow French Boyfriend's until the new charger arrives.

It is rare nowdays to find a statue of the Virgin Mary  that is not broken so this antique statue is a rarity and a stunning object.

A close up of her lovely face, so serene .....

I love the deatils on the base....

She is made from white porcelain "biscuit" and dates from the late 1880's, circa Napoléon III and is in perfect condition.

For more details, please click here.

Très bonne journée à toutes et tous, Leeann x

bonne fête des mères...

Une mère est un trésor pour l'enfant... Les yeux des mères sont les yeux par lesquels les enfants perçoivent que l'amour existe en ce monde. Joyeuse Fête des mères à toutes les mamans du monde... Leeann x


photo from here
Bonjour mes belles,
I just had to share this photo with you. For me it is fabulous and oh so French. Love the red, it is very inspiring and one of my favourite colours....
très bon week-end à tous, Leeann

beautiful new arival at Fabulously French...

A beautiful new arrival at Fabulously French.

This is called a Globe de Mariée and is something that would have been kept by a newly married couple to display the keepsakes from their special day. 

Usually this has a glass dome over it to protect it from dust and wind and breakage but as the globes are very fragile, many were broken and you often find them minus the glass globe just like this one.

You can add anything to this to make it your own. Great to dispaly your jewelry on it or a bedroom focal piece.  I have mine on my vanity to showcase my favourite  jewellery pieces!

more info:
The tradition of Globe de Mariée Display pieces began in France, in the 1800′s. It was a display for married couples, to preserve their wedding souvenirs as well as tell the story of their wedding & life together. Placed prominently in the formal dining room, it held the Bride’s Crown, or Bridal Tiara made from fresh or wax Orange Blossoms, at times her Wax Floral Bouquet.

The bride & groom chose ite…

French Food Friday...Chocolate Fondant

photo from here
I have always had a bit of a soft spot for Gordon Ramsey and when he says that this is his favourite recipe then it must be good.

Gordon says: ‘Whenever I’m asked for my favourite recipe, this is the one. It has a divine melting texture and the liquid centre is sublime.’

Makes: 4
Preparation Time: 25 minutes
Cooking Time:
15 minutes
08 February 2011 You will need
50g unsalted butter, plus extra, softened, to grease
2 tsp cocoa powder, to dust
50g good-quality dark, bitter chocolate(minimum 70% cocoa solids), in pieces
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
60g caster sugar
2 tbsp Tia Maria
50g plain flour, sifted
Crème fraîche or vanilla ice cream, to serve
1. Heat the oven to 160°C/325°F/gas mark 3. Butter four 7.5cm dariole moulds (ideally non-stick) or ramekins and place in the fridge for about 10 minutes to firm up the butter.
2. Butter the moulds again and dust liberally with cocoa powder. Place in the fridge while you prepare the fondant mixture.
3. Melt the chocola…

weekend tresors..

Bonjour mes amies,

It has been another of those days where nothing is going according to schedule but in a good way. 

Finally got around to taking some photos of some of the tresors that we found at the weekend.

The first find of the day was this this vintage plant holder which is adorable and I think it would look great with a wee plant in in. I have put some moss in the hole where the plant goes....

You will find details here.

Next up was a couple of Napoleon III crucifixes which I have yet to put on the online shop.

As you know I have a thing about marriage globes and this one was too good to pass up, it was very carefully carried home. I was happy to find it as it is complete and blue interiors are rare to find these days. 

Blue is my favourite colour, note it is for sale but is collection only as the glass is too fragile an item to send by the post.

Next up was a set of two Larousse encyclopedias which are dated 1917.

 Love the detail on each page and I never tire of looking at old boo…

fabulously French...

photo from here

I could not resist sharing a photo of my favourite French actress; Marion Cotillard. Not only is she a real stunner, she is also one of the finest actresses that France has produced.

Fabulous and oh so French.....

Leeann x
p.s. We were busy in the shop today so did not have time to photograph the weekend tresors but hope to do so tomorrow.

just another day...

Bonjour mes belles,

A couple of weeks ago, a lovely English couple came into our new shop and commented how lovely the countryside is here in the Dordogne and what a lovely slow pace of life it is.

A week later, French guests that live in Antibes,  made the same comment and said they adored the pace of life and found the village and the locals friendly.

This morning, whilst heading home from a local brocante, we were greeted by this gorgeous is he and I loved the way that he just strutted out in front of the estvraimentcharmant, la vieicin'est-ce pas?

And to think that some people think that the pace of life in this part of France is slow......

à demain, Leeann x 

bon week-end à tous...

photo from here

Just wanted to wish you all a TRES BON WEEK-END...
amicalement, Leeann x

French Food Friday...Strawberry Coulis

Bonjour mes belles,

We have a lot of strawberries in the house which need? to be eaten quickly which is fine by me as I adore them so this week's recipe has a strawberry theme to it.

This coulis is very yummy, not too sweet and is a perfect standby sauce, as you can  make it ahead of time. 

 recipe and photo from here
Here in France, this coulis is sometimes served poured over summer fruits and drizzled with single cream as a refreshing dessert, called fruit soup or as it is known here soupe de  fraises. 

Strawberry Coulis
Serves: 6 as a sauce or 2 as a soup (approx 400ml)
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes

You will need
750g ripe strawberries (hulled and quartered) or raspberries
60g caster sugar
Freshly squeezed juice of
1 lemon
1. Rinse the fruit in a colander. Briefly shake off any excess water – a little leftover water will encourage the fruit to release its juices.
2. Put the fruit and sugar in a pan and heat very gently to prevent it from scorchin…

cushion love....

photo from here
Following from yesterday's post where I posted a photo of a couple of new grain sacks, I thought that it was worth sharing this photo as the cushions have been made from old sacks and they look fabulous....

amicalement from a gray SW France, Leeann x

weekend tresors...

Bonjour from a sunny SW France,

Wish that the sun had been shining on Sunday when we were hunting for treasures at a nearby vide grenier but it was rainy and cold hence we are hoping for better weather this sunday as there is a brocante/vide grenier taking place in our village so I plan to spend the morning treasure hunting while French Boyfriend is selling his/our wares as he is having a stand  "comme d'habitude".

My favourite find of the day was this fabulous portrait which is florentine and as you know, this isa favourite style of mine and I collect and sell a lot of platters in this style.

It was French Boyfriend who found the enormous rosary, this is the type that was worn around the waist on the pilgrimage to Compostela  and this particular one is dated 1883.

A glamorous find was this pair of vintage oversized sunglasses which really are fabulous....

As if we do not have enough sacks, we have a couple more in stock which are identical in design and are in great conditi…

Fabulously french the beret....

all photos from here
Bonjour mes belles,

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend, ours as normal was another busy one and it was over before we knew it.

For me, one of my favourite French icons is the "beret".

So fabulously classic and yet so versatile, it goes with anything and everything....

We have just received a fabulous vintage french beret at Fabulously French, should you feel the urge to pop on a beret...

bon debut de semaine à tous, Leeann x

made me miss NZ....

photo from here
Bonsoir mes belles,
This photo made me smile and at the same time, a little bit homesick for New Zealand. 
Do you know that in NZ there are only 4 million people and yet there are around 60 million sheep.......
amicalement, Leeann x

french food friday...Garlic Chicken with Herbes de Provence

photo and recipe from here

Bonjour mes belles,

This weeks recipe features herbes de provence which are a firm favourite of mine and I am slowing working my way through the sack of herbes de provence that I bought when I was last in Provence.

Note for those of you that already have the herbs already mixed you can substitute the bay leaves, rosmary and thyme with a couple of tablespoons of your mixed variety.

Garlic Chicken with Herbes de Provence

Preparation time: 10 minutes, plus 1 hour marinating Cooking time: …

a good idea...

photo from here
For those of you that collect corks and do not know what to do with them, you could always make stamps.
Makes a change from using potatoes!
à plus tard, Leeann x

latest finds...

Bonjour mes belles,

Today it is a holiday in France as it is the Fête de la Victoire 1945, victory in Europe day which marks the end of hostilities in Europe in World War II.

Today it was one of the biggest brocantes in the area which meant a very early start for us as there was close to 400 stands which were very spread out, hence comfortable shoes were a requirement.

One of my favourite finds of the day is this fabulous antique top hat....

The interior is just as nice as the exterior and comes complete with monogrammed initials of the original owner.....

I am particularly taken with this pair of antique eye glasses, they are the type that you perch on the end of your nose....

This antique French wall plaque is a silver medal for having the best agricultural products in 1861, you will find more details here

A little bit different to the objects of devotion that I normally stumble across is this fabulous florentine style crucifix which is so adorable....

As you know I love antique French …